Chaplain’s Corner: Vol V

“Be Still and Know that He is God”

Earlier this spring, something remarkable happened in Punjab, one of the northern most districts of India.

The Sky Cleared!

And suddenly the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas appeared. For many folks 30 years and younger, it was the first time they had seen the world’s most spectacular alpine landscape even though they live in its shadow.

Because of the stay-at-home orders and social restrictions prompted by the pandemic, the traffic on India’s infamously clogged highways had disappeared almost overnight. So did the smog.

In New Delhi, which is burdened by some of the world’s worst air pollution, airborne particles plunged by almost 71% in one week. As the yellow gray cloud dissipated local residents gasped. There were the tallest mountains in the world, the tops of which had been obscured for at least three decades.

All Because Everyone Chose to Stay Home.

It may seem that the COVID-19 crisis has stolen our spring here at Westminster and around the world. We’ve lost March Madness, family trips, graduations, visiting with family on Mother’s Day and of course haircuts. But it has also provided a priceless opportunity, something many of us struggle to experience: putting on the brakes in our busy times.

Good Things Happen When We Choose to Be Still

We spend all our hours and days in the presence of the Living God. But God is hard to see even here at Westminster Village when we are going a mile a minute. When the smog of distractions finally clears, it can be stunning to see the face of the One who has been there all along.

“Be Still and Know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10)

It may be the isolation and social restrictions are beginning to wear us down. But keep looking up. As our spiritual vistas clear, the view will be awesome!
Faithfully,

Chaplain Ron Naylor

Chaplain’s Corner: Memorial Service

Memorial Tribute

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol IV

THE HEALING POWER OF FORGIVENESS

I grew up in Plymouth in northern Indiana and have been a Chicago Cubs fan since I was a young boy. But one of my favorite players of all time was Yogi Berra.

Berra won three most valuable player awards during his 17 seasons with the New York Yankees. But he was perhaps known best for his making unintentionally funny remarks. Some of his Yogi-isms-include the following:

  • “If you can’t imitate him don’t copy him.”
  • “Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise they won’t go to yours.”
  • “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be”
  • “You can’t observe a lot by watching.”
  • “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
  • “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
  • Then there is the most famous Yogi-ism: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

When Berra’s playing days were over he tried his hand at managing. Three times he was told, “It’s over.” His most painful firing was in 1985. The new owner of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner had assured him he would manage the whole season. Instead Steinbrenner fired him after only
16 games. The worst part was Steinbrenner didn’t even talk to Berra face to face. He sent an underling to deliver the bad news.

Berra was easy-going and genial but he resolved he would never talk to Steinbrenner again. “It was unforgivable”, he wrote later. For 14 years he never went to Yankee Stadium. He refused special awards. He turned down Old Timer’s Games. His friends pleaded with him to change his mind. “Never!”

Then something changed. In January of 1999, Steinbrenner flew to Florida to meet with Yogi and offer a personal apology for his behavior. But Berra refused him. His son Dale pointed out to him that Yogi’s grandchildren had never been to Yankee Stadium with him.

Berra relented. He and Steinbrenner met for 15 minutes. George admitted to Yogi that it was the worst mistake he had ever made in baseball. Berra chose to forgive him. And over the next decade until Steinbrenner’s death in 2010 Yogi and George became the best of friends.

We may think for reasons of pride and principle that we can never forgive that person that hurt us. But don’t close the door. Give God space to work. Even just wanting to forgive someone, if only we could, is a wonderful first step.

It never is too late to release a grudge. It is healing.

As Yogi put it, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

Faithfully,

Chaplain Ron Naylor

Fact Vs. Myth: I will lose control of the daily activities of my life.

Myth: “I will lose control of the daily activities of my life.”

Fact: Moving anywhere new is a big transition, especially if you are coming from a place where you had an established routine and set of friends. Letting go of long-held habits can be difficult and may require a major adjustment. However, at Westminster Village, we provide ample opportunities for you to meet new people and form new bonds. Even though it may take time, our compassionate staff is available to help in any way we can. We believe living in a CCRC will give you an added sense of security, as you are surrounded by those committed to your care. At the same time, we want to ensure you have the independence and privacy you deserve.

Let’s Connect

We have created a GroupCast Messenger System exclusively for Family Members of our residents as well as our Staff.  If you are a family member of a resident or an employee and you are not currently signed up to receive our GroupCast, then please complete the form and either email it to hhaskell@wvmuncie.com or mail to Holly’s attention at Westminster Village, 5801 West Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN 47303 or you may fax to Holly’s attention: 765-284-0336.

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This will enable us to notify you and your emergency contacts with important information in the event of an emergency by phone, text and e-mail.

In an effort to keep you informed or our latest protocol regarding steps we are taking during the Coronavirus we encourage you to visit our website www.wvmuncie.com and our visit our COVID-19 blog.

You may also visit our Chaplain’s Corner created by our very own Reverend Chaplain Ron Naylor https://www.wvmuncie.com/category/chaplains-corner/

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers from the families and friends of our residents and staff as we continue to diligently make every effort to protect our residents and staff of Westminster Village.

Heroes Work at Westminster Village! We would like to express our gratitude and thankfulness for the dedication of all those that work in health care and especially our entire staff who provide excellent resident care.

Since we are unable to give tours in person at this time, please be sure and visit our website to take a 360º virtual tour featuring our Village and three of our model apartments. https://www.wvmuncie.com/virtual-tours/

If you call and schedule a time to walk through the 360° with Tyler Ewing, Sales Consultant (tewing@wvmuncie.com) or Melody Scoble, Resident Admissions Coordinator (mscoble@wvmuncie.com) or give them a call at 765-288-2155, then we will send you a gift in the mail.  Then perhaps once we can accept visitors you can take a tour in person and have lunch on us. You can also schedule a virtual tour on our website.

We encourage you to visit, like and follow our Facebook page for updates and more and share with your friends https://www.facebook.com/wvmuncie

As always you may call 765-288-2155 with any concerns or questions that you may have.

We hope that we will be able to announce upcoming events in the near future once we resume our normal lives.

We wish you and yours much health and happiness! Be safe, Be smart, Be informed and always, always be kind! Remember we are all in this together.

Warmest regards,

Gay Nation, Tyler Ewing and Melody Scoble
Marketing Team
Westminster Village Muncie, Inc.

National Skilled Nursing Care Week

The Residents’ Association wants to recognize and thank all staff during this National Skilled Nursing Care Week.

It is more important than ever this year because your work has become lifesaving. Current social distancing rules and the inability of friends and family to enter the buildings has changed much of the day to day life for all of us. The extra demands of this pandemic have expanded the expectations on staff and increased social isolation for residents. We are very grateful to all staff because you have put Heart and Soul into each day as you continue to do your jobs while maintaining a friendly, caring and safe atmosphere. YOU have created a Home for us in difficult circumstances.

Thank you on behalf of the Residents’ Association

Pat Bennett, Norm Beck, Judy Roepke

National Skilled Nursing Care Week
May 11-18, 2020

COVID-19 Update: May 11

May 11, 2020

Dear Westminster Village Staff,

Now, as we look at long-term care communities across the country we are thinking not only of the Residents, but also of our Staff. These are very challenging, stressful and unprecedented times for you as well.

We know our Staff isn’t struggling with the same battles that other nurses and doctors are fighting against in the hospitals with COVID-19. Our challenge looks a lot different. We are protecting our Residents from the outside world. We are assisting against loneliness, depression, boredom and confusion. We are dealing with frustrations of family members not being able to visit and families who feel disconnected and simply miss their loved ones.

So, until this crisis is over, we will give our Residents comforting words and do our best to create meaningful activities that can be done safely. We will hold the I-pads and phones so families can see their loved ones and reassure them everything is ok. We visit residents daily to provide reassurance, pray, sing, or just be there to comfort them and lift their spirits. Under our masks, we put on smiles even when we are consumed by all the new regulations and added documentation, all the while facing challenges in our own families and personal lives. We will do all that we can to make sure the outside world stays “outside” and our Residents stay safe inside.

So we simply say, We are grateful for YOU. We applaud YOU. We thank YOU and look upon YOU with our respect. We say our prayers for YOU that God will strengthen you, protect you and your families, and keep you well physically and mentally. May He encourage you as you encourage residents and family members while serving a higher calling of taking care of our Residents.

With Appreciation,

Dale E. Lindley, HFA
President

Mary Jo Crutcher, HFA
Vice President

Covid-19 Update: May 8th

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

We understand this is a very challenging time for all.  As we continue to follow the Regulatory Guidelines to keep all safe and protected…our hearts understand your concerns of the lack of physical/emotional connections during this time of special moments with family including Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and our future uncertainty of formal ISDH issued guidance.

We want to remind you that our No Visitation policy remains in effect throughout the building, inside and outside, this Mother’s Day weekend.

Travel outside of Westminster Village is still restricted to medically necessary appointments only.  All other travel outside of Westminster Village must be avoided.

Our Beauty Shops remain closed under guidelines provided by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Travel to outside beauty shops is not considered medically necessary and must be avoided, even as they begin to reopen next week outside of Westminster Village.

Our transportation driver will continue to provide trips for medically necessary appointments only.

Flowers and gifts will be accepted at the front desk main entry.  We do not recommend bringing in any food gifts that require maintaining any food at a safe temperature – either hot or cold.

A reminder – the front desk drop off area is not set up as a visitation area.  Please refrain from visiting your loved ones in this area when you drop off items.

Please understand that we remain diligent to care for those entrusted to us.  Thank you for trusting our staff to provide safety and protection for the ones you love, especially during this time of appreciation of healthcare workers.

We want to remind you to be Smart.  Be Informed.  And always be Kind.

We wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.

Thank you.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol III

GOD IS THE AUTHOR!

John Tyler became America’s 10th President 179 years ago.  He was born in 1790 and died in 1862.  Historians have never considered Tyler one of the brighter lights in America’s Presidential chandelier.  But there is something that might grab your attention.

Two of Tyler’s grandsons are still alive!  At first blush that seems impossible.

How can a man born in the 18th century and who died in the middle of the 19th century have living grandchildren two decades into the 21st century?  As you might guess, the dominoes of Tyler’s life had to fall just the right way.  And they did.

Tyler fathered 15 children.  His second wife Julia was 30 years younger than Tyler.  One of Tyler’s sons, Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1853-1935) the President’s 13th child when he was 75 married a woman 35 years old and they had three children.  Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born in 1924 and Harrison Ruffin Tyler was born in 1928 and both are still with us.  They are the living grandsons of the 10th President of the United States.

When you think about it, some pretty incredible things had to happen for you and me to be here today.  Our grandparents had to make it out of childhood alive, something not guaranteed 100 to 130 years ago.  Those who came before you had to survive the Flu Pandemic of 1918, the scourge of Polio and the possibility of becoming a casualty of one of America’s great wars.

Against all odds, you had to win the most important competitive battle of your life.  The one which half your genetic material outraced at least 10 million other sperm.  Your mother had to decide to bring you into the world and care for you when you were sick, love you and feed you.  All those things had to happen.  And they did!

The Hebrew Psalmists were pretty sure there was more to the story.  “In Your Book O Lord were written all the days that were formed for me when none of them yet existed”  (Psalm 139:16)

God, in other words is the ultimate author of our stories.  God is the superintendent of the details of our lives both big and small.  “I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Those plans may not include grandchildren who may carry on your legacy two centuries from now.  But they are remarkable enough to give every one of us the grounds to say every morning:  “Thank you, Father, for the privilege of waking up one more time in your good creation.”

Faithfully,

Chaplain Ron Naylor